If you are one of those people who usually wake up early, even on the weekend, I have good news: This Saturday, you’ll be able to have breakfast while watching one of the best teams in La Liga play host to a squad led by one of the tournament’s top scorers. We’re talking about Real Sociedad, the team sitting in third place, colliding with Iago Aspas’ Celta de Vigo.
As expected, Real Sociedad comes in as the betting online favorite, but keep in mind that Celta de Vigo only lost one of its last four road games.
Let’s check the latest La Liga news, stats, injury reports, and La Liga lines for Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo. We’ve got plenty of La Liga picks for you to consider.
Real Sociedad: Back on Track
After drawing 0-0 to Real Madrid –which wasn’t bad– and losing 1-0 to Real Valladolid –which was pretty bad– Real Sociedad returned to the winning column last Monday after defeating Espanyol 3-2. Takefusa Kubo, Alexander Sorloth and Leandro Cabrera (own goal) were the scorers. Real Sociedad controlled the game from start to end, winning possession with 57% and finishing with 11 shots in total, one more than Celta de Vigo.
I’m telling you, the trio of Sorloth, Kubo and Brais Mendez is the bomb! Sorloth is the team’s top scorer with nine goals, while Mendez has scored seven and Kubo has scored four. There’s also Mikel Merino, who leads the league in assists with seven. Last but not least, Mikel Oyarzabal, considered one of the best midfielders in Spain, recently returned from injury, though he’ll need some time to be at 100%.
Curiously enough, Real Sociedad has won more games on the road than at home, but teams such as Villareal, Mallorca and Athletic Club, which are better than Celta de Vigo, failed to snatch a point when visiting Anoeta.
The home side is offering a -130 price in the sportsbook to win straight up, a great deal considering all of the above. Real Sociedad is highly motivated since a victory here could boost them to second place.
Celta de Vigo: Here Comes the Pressure
Celta de Vigo put up a really good fight against Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Nevertheless, it lost 1-0 despite playing the last 20 minutes with one more player. Memphis Depay scored the winning goal in the 89th minute. The club finished with 14 shots in total, four more than Atletico, but wasn’t effective in front of goal.
Iago Aspas, the team’s top scorer with nine goals, is the main reason to consider including the visitors in your soccer picks, especially at +425.
Celta de Vigo currently sits in 14th place with 23 points, only three more than Valencia, the team sitting in 18th place and the relegation zone. In other words, Los Celestes are in a must-win situation.
Celta’s road record isn’t the best, 3-1-6, but it defeated Betis 4-3 in its last match away from home. Betis is fifth, meaning it’s a very similar team to Real Sociedad.
Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 124
- Real Sociedad Victories: 53 (193 goals)
- Celta de Vigo Victories: 39 (170 goals)
- Draws: 32
These two collided in October, with Real Sociedad winning 2-1 with Asier Illarramendi and Igor Zubeldia as the scorers. Aspas scored for Celta de Vigo. The match had a bit of everything, including 12 yellow cards and one red. Celta finished with 10 players after Goncalo Paciencia was sent off.
The total has gone over in six of their last 10 meetings, meaning you can expect a back-and-forth contest. This time, the total is set at two goals, with the over offering a -130 price.
Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Match Information
- Match: Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo
- Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 18th, 8:00 a.m. ET
- Location: Anoeta, San Sebastian
- Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Live Stream: fuboTV
Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Betting Lines
Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Picks and Prediction
I truly believe that Real Sociedad will win, but I also believe that the over is a much safer option to include in your soccer betting ticket. Plus, it’s offering the same price. Real Sociedad scored in three of its last five home games, while Celta de Vigo scored in four of its last six road matches. Finally, two of the league’s top scorers will be on the field. I would still wager on the over even if the total line went up to three.
The Real Sociedad are listed at -130 in our Vegas La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Real Sociedad, you have a chance to win $77. The Celta Vigo are +425, offering a chance to win $425 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Real Sociedad a 56.52% chance to win, with Celta Vigo at 19.05%.